Sunday, August 5, 2018

Music and Math Concepts

As a school based music therapist, I assist a lot of students with their academics.  Whether it's breaking down a concept into steps or composing a repetitive jingle to help them remember facts or a certain process, music is very engaging and beneficial in the school setting.  

With younger students, I always strive to include songs in music therapy sessions that address basic math concepts.
One major math concept that students learn in PreK and Kindergarten is counting.

Students begin their experience with numbers through counting, number names and written numerals.  Students learn to count objects and begin to understand one-to-one correspondence.  

I love to use my "Count with Fingers" song with young children who are just beginning to count and grasp one-to-one correspondence.  

The tempo of this song allows students time to use their fingers to count each number.  As they count their fingers, they are also practicing fine motor skills and finger dexterity.  This song can easily be implemented by teachers as part of a morning group or circle time.  The great thing about it is music keeps counting fun and engaging!
As we're counting down the days until school officially starts, what songs do you use that help students learn to count?